Photo credit: Shoppes of Wire grass

The colder weather is yet to be seen, and the Holidays are just around the corner. 

One of my favorite things to do this time of year is to go see all of the beautiful lights and Enjoy Holiday events!

The cooler weather, and the variety of unique local experiences that go with it, makes it the PERFECT time to be outside enjoying this beautiful Florida weather with your family. 

Whether you are looking for a boat or street parade to watch or a local Holiday event to enjoy, we have put together this list of fun, festive events for you to enjoy with your family the next couple of weeks.

Pinellas County

Safety Harbor Holiday Parade Saturday Dec 19 at 1pm

Main Street, Safety Harbor

The annual parade includes floats, antique cars, firetrucks and a visit from Santa.

The Dunedin Express Dec 20 - Dec 22 Rides at 5, 6:30 & 8pm

349 Main St Dunedin

Tickets available through

Tickets are $15/person, children under 2 are free and must sit on parent's lap

Old Fashioned Christmas & Holiday Parade Dec 10th 4-9pm

Main Street Dunedin

Watch Santa arrive during the holiday street parade, then stay downtown for carriage rides, train rides, snow slide, kids crafts, old fashioned games, s'mores, live music, entertainment and "snow flurries!" Parade begins at 4pm on Douglas Ave, from Beltrees to Skinner. Activities Map Click Here

Holiday Lights in Botanical Gardens

Nov 27 through Dec 31, 5:30 to 9:30pm

Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Rd, Largo

The gardens are lit up every evening with holiday lights. There will also be visits from Santa Claus and nightly free entertainment. Suggested donation is $4 for visitors aged 13 or older.

Indian Rocks Beach Lighted Boat Parade

Saturday Dec 19 at 6:45pm

Holiday Inn Harbourside, 401 Second St, Indian Rocks Beach

Motor boats, sailboats, canoes and even rowboats will take part in this parade.

Treasure Island Lighted Boat Parade

Saturday Dec 19 at 6pm

The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway

40+ boats will participate in this " Las Vegas on Water " themed parade. Bring an unwrapped toy or cash donation for admission to the Pre-parade poolside party. Treasure Island Bridge will close to traffic at 7pm for 30-45 min to allow parade to pass.


Winter Village & Tampa's Downtown on Ice

Opens Friday Nov 18 through Dec 25

Curtix Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Dr Tampa

Ice skating on an outdoor rink under palm trees in 80-degree weather. Cost is $12.

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

Select days through Dec 31

Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave, Tampa

Millions of twinkling lights transform the park into a holiday wonderland. Entertainment is Christmas-themed, Santa Claus is available for photos (included with admission) and festive treats and holiday shopping. 

Bright Nights

Through Dec 18

Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa

Play inside your favorite Museum exhibits decked with a dazzling light show, seasonal music and holiday cheer. Admission is $15, $10 for members.

Twinkle in Tampa Bay Boat Parade

Wednesday Dec 21 at 6:30pm

Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive Tampa

Parade is along the water by Davis Islands, Harbor Island and the Channelside district.

Pasco County

Ho-Ho Hoedown at Starkey Ranch

Whitfield Park at Starkey Ranch- Free Admission & Parking Dec 9th 6-9pm

Family-friendly event in the first neighborhood village, Whitfield Park! Sounds of Late Night Brass, 12 piece band- enjoy games, food, fun, photos with Santa and much more. There is a 100% chance of SNOW!

Holiday Train Ride

Dec 19-20 from 10am-4pm

Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Dr Spring Hill

Take the annual Christmas train ride to the North Pole. Ride trains though the park, visit Santa Claus in his cabin with Mrs. Claus and take photos with Santa himself.

Symphony of Lights

Nightly through Dec 31, with shows at 6, 7, 8 and 9pm

The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr Wesley Chapel

All-new holiday light show choreographed to the music of the Trans Siberian Orchestra. This Year it will even snow. Ice Skating is also available through Jan 3.